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Aelred of Rievaulx lists six stages to be passed through in the attainment of peace of heart and tranquility of mind.

  • The rejection of worldly standards, particularly the search for pleasure or possessions and the ambition for honors.
  • The setting aside of self-love, vanity, pride, and the comparison of self with others.
  • Reflection on the necessities to which one is subject, as a creature subject to the desires of the flesh.
  • The experience of one's one infirmity, i.e., one's, incapacity to do good and resist evil.
  • Learning to place a guard over one's mouth and to be disciplined and restrained in speech.
  • The practice of bodily stillness and stability in all one's undertakings.
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